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You are thinking of renovating, there’s so much to think about and investigate – how do you get from thoughts and dreams to a new space?

  1. You may be considering an extension or whole house renovation and find you are either a. too busy, b. not confident, c. can’t agree with your family or partner how to progress or d. worried about blowing your budget, so you may need my help.
  2. If you are too busy then you may need someone to do what you feel you are capable of doing but simply don’t have the time. I can take you from initial thoughts, through design, finding suppliers, right through to moving into your new space.
  3. If you are not confident, I can work with you in a variety of ways to help you discover the solutions that are right for you and give you the support to launch confidently into the build and beyond!
  4. If you and your partner or family are all full of differing ideas I can listen, analyse your needs and help you become unstuck and move forward with your project.
  5. If you are worried about blowing your budget I can sit down with you, listen to your needs and aspirations and help point you in the direction of the solution that will make best use of your hard earned money.

I work on projects from concept to completed build, I work with clients on concept and design only and when appropriate and if time allows I work with clients on a workshop basis to get projects started.

Working on your home can be all consuming if you are passionate about the results like here at Amo Espaco and it can also be energising and fun. The results will change how you live in your space and the impact on domestic harmony  of a successful renovation is always the best feedback clients give.

If it sounds like my approach might work for you please contact me on 07743662052 Monday to Friday or get in touch by messaging via the Amo Espaco Facebook page and I will usually revert within 24 hours.

 

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Home happiness goals

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Can well planned storage be part of the answer?

There’s a practical simplicity to “a place for everything and everything in its place” but there’s joy in making your home your own.

Vicarage kitchen storage

If your next project is a new kitchen then function and storage are top of the agenda. Islands are great devices for adding much needed storage while also absorbing other activities and serving as the command centre of the kitchen. If space allows, it can be practical but also satisfying to use areas dedicated to specific tasks like the beverage and bread surface below.

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Think about function

What happens in the space you are looking to improve? Does the activity change depending on the time of year?  Never miss an opportunity to include storage in any bespoke furniture you may be considering like in the space below.

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This space does many jobs – it is a lounge area with wood burning stove, it’s a place where the family reads, watches tv, practices music and it also gives access to the deck and garden. This space is the scene of many different kinds of activity requiring hard working furniture solutions to make it comfortable, functional and relaxing all in one, while remaining easy to keep tidy and maintain.

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Storage doesn’t just have to be about a place for all the working parts of your home. It should also provide the backdrop to telling the story of your family life; your vinyl collection close to the deck ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice, mementos of family travels alongside photos of the ones you love. This is what makes your house unique to you, packed with personality.

Well planned storage can also address one of the higher stress moments of family life which is, of course, arriving and leaving the house. A place for everything ensures what you need is to hand in those rushed moments. Or if you’d prefer scenes of Michael McIntyre comedy gold then own your domestic chaos!

But seriously, if a little forward planning for storage in your project results in a calm, organised, restful home like this one, then don’t fight it and make sure it’s something you give lots of thought to in the run up to your renovation.

Amo Espaco mantra #2: functional can be personal, beautiful and mindful!

Location photos by The Big Picture for Amo Espaco, additional photos of logs from Insteading.com and garden tools from The Wedding Shop.com, thank you.

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2018 renovation goals

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A new year and the urge to renew, refresh and make our homes mindful spaces – the ultimate renovation goal any time of year.

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Let there be light – open up your space to the outdoors and banish grey January.

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Declutter – bring some order to reveal your precious things.

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Discover your pared down space and find room to breathe.

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Hide away functional appliances and get organised.

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Remember the Amo Espaco mantra: make it personal and it will be mindful.

Thanks to clients Olly and Ant for inviting me to help them realise their new ground floor space and for the fun we had along the way.

Thanks to David at the Big Picture for lovely photos once again.